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INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION FORUM, INC.

“Certified Once, Accepted Everywhere”

Last Updated

January 2013

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The IAF vision

To develop a single, worldwide program of conformity assessment, which reduces risk for business, regulators and the general public by ensuring that accredited certification may be relied upon.

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What is the IAF

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) is a global association of;

Accreditation Bodies

Regional Accreditation Cooperations

Certification Body Associations

Industry associations

Other stakeholder organisations and scheme owners involved in conformity assessment activities in a variety of fields including management systems, products, services and personnel

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The objectives of IAF

To maintain and develop a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) between its Accreditation Body Members to ensure recognition of accredited certification between signatories.

To act as a global forum to bring together accreditation bodies and stakeholder groups to facilitate global trade.

To develop appropriate harmonization of conformity assessment best practice

To promote accredited conformity assessment by working with, and influencing, key international organisations and industry groups

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The IAF MLA

The IAF MLA is a network of accreditation body members of IAF that have been deemed competent through a stringent peer evaluation process.

Signatories to the MLA will recognize as being equally reliable the certificates and/or reports

issued by certification/registration bodies accredited by all other members of the MLA.

The IAF MLA provides businesses with assurance that equivalent overseas certification/registration bodies operate to the same standard as those in their own country.

There are two main scopes: Management Systems and Product Certification.

There are two sub-scopes for Management Systems:

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

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The IAF MLA

Certificates

issued by organizations accredited by IAF signatories

in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment are therefore recognized and accepted throughout the world.

This acceptance removes technical barriers to international trade as businesses will not require multiple certifications.

This reduces time to market and well as additional cost to business.

The key to the MLA is the increasing global network of accredited conformity assessment bodies that are recognised as being competent by IAF signatories.

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European Cooperation

for Accreditation (EA)

Inter-American

Accreditation Cooperation

(IAAC)

Pacific Accreditation

Cooperation (PAC)

Southern African Development Community Accreditation (SADCA)

African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC)

Arab

Accreditation

Cooperation (ARAC)

The IAF MLA is structured to build on existing regional MLAs/MRAs established around the world.

Regional Cooperation Bodies

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Regional Cooperation Bodies

The IAF MLA recognises EA, PAC, IAAC

European Cooperation

for

Accreditation

(EA)(www.european-accreditation.org)

Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC)(www.iaac.org)

Pacific Accreditation

Cooperation (PAC)

(

www.apec-pac.org)

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Coverage of the IAF MLA

IAF MLA Signatories

IAF Members not yet Signatories

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Status of the IAF MLA

There are

55

IAF MLA Signatories, representing

52

economies.

Management Systems: 50 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC

ISO 9001 QMS: 50 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC

ISO 14001 EMS: 44 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC

ISO 22000 FSMS: in development

ISO 27001 ISMS: in development

Product: 45 Accreditation Bodies EA, PAC & IAAC

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The international picture

Since its formation in 1993, IAF membership has increased, as has its influence with international organisations and trade bodies.

This is due to the growing complexity of international trade and the growth in number of third party conformity assessment bodies.

As a result, an increasing number of national economies have established accreditation bodies to maintain competence levels.

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The international picture

In 2011, at least 1,111,698 ISO 9001 certificates had been issued in 178 countries and economies. At the same time, at least 267,457 ISO 14001 certificates had been issued in 155 countries and economies.

(Source: ISO 2011)

Worldwide number of ISO 9001 certificates 2006-2011

Worldwide number of ISO 14001certificates 2006-2011

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Types of IAF members

Membership of the IAF is separated into a number of categories:

Accreditation Body Membership Open to Bodies conducting and administering programmes by which they accredit bodies for certification of quality systems, products, services, personnel, environmental management systems of similar programmes of conformity assessment.

Association Membership Open to other organizations involved in the use or implementation of certification systems.

Special Recognition Organisations - Regional Accreditation GroupsOpen to regional groupings of Accreditation Bodies whose aims include the maintenance of Regional Multilateral Recognition Arrangements recognising the equivalence of their members' accreditations.

Special Recognition Organisations - Observer Members

IAF has extended recognition to a number of organisations with which it has a liaison relationship or which have been invited to be Observers

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The IAF Structure

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The IAF Structure

The General Assembly represents the highest decision-making body.

The Board of Directors is responsible for developing broad policy directions for IAF and for ensuring that the work of IAF is carried out in accordance with policies approved by members.

The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day work of IAF on the basis of decisions made by Members and directions by the Board of Directors.

The operations of all IAF Committees and Subordinate Groups are subject to the IAF General Procedures

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The benefits of IAF

The development of the MLA underpins cross border trade through the acceptance of certifications. “Certified once, accepted everywhere”.

A support structure to lead the co-ordination of a consistent approach and the harmonisation of best practice.

The provision of a platform to exchange information and enable knowledge transfer.

Provision of technical assistance and development services to support developing countries to establish conformity assessment infrastructure.

Support to developing and emerging economies.

Links with ILAC, international standardization bodies and trade organisations.

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The benefits of accredited certification

For Government

Facilitator of trade

An efficient enforcement / monitoring tool

For Business

Greater acceptance of products and services opening up market access

Avoid costs associated with multiple certifications

Gain access to the growing number of tenders which specify accredited certification

For Society

Public confidence in goods and services, despite complex global marketplace

Minimises product failures or recalls

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Business drivers

(Source: IAF survey 2011)

The main driver for seeking certification is internal business improvement (47%), customer requirement (32%), and to meet regulatory requirements (13%).

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The value of certification

(Source: IAF survey 2011)

62% of respondents either agreed / strongly agreed that the certification body provided value for money.

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The value of certification

(Source: IAF survey 2011)

83% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that certification had added value to their organisation.

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The value of certification

(Source: IAF survey 2011)

17% of respondents stated that their certified status had led to a significant increase in sales. 32% reported a minor increase.

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The value of certification

(Source: IAF survey 2011)

79% of respondents confirmed that certification helped to meet the requirements of regulators.

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How to find an IAF MLA Signatory

A ‘live’ and complete list of signatories can be found on the IAF website at www.iaf.nu/articles/IAF_Members__Signatories/Scan the code to access the list

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The IAF MLA Mark

Use by Accreditation BodiesABs have to be a signatory to the IAF MLA before they can use the IAF MLA MarkABs have to have a license with the IAF before they can use the IAF MLA Mark.ABs can only use the IAF MLA Mark in combination with their own logo as a combined mark, as below.

AB LOGO

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The IAF MLA Mark

Use by Accreditation Bodies Cont.

The combined mark can only be used in association with the IAF MLA main scopes and/or sub scopes for which the AB is a signatory to the IAF MLA.

The combined mark may be used on accreditation certificates, letterheads, quotations for work, advertisements, or websites.

The combined mark shall not be used on or in conjunction with products.

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The IAF MLA Mark

Use by Accredited CBsABs that have a license to use the IAF MLA Mark can sub-license the use of the IAF MLA mark to accredited CBsCBs cannot use the IAF MLA Mark in isolation from the accreditation symbol.CBs can only use the IAF MLA Mark in combination with the Licensee’s accreditation symbol as a combined mark, as shown below

AB SYMBOL

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The IAF MLA Mark

Use by accredited CABs Cont.

The combined mark can only be used in association with activities for which the CAB is accredited and are within the ABs IAF MLA main scopes.

The combined mark may only be used by CABs on accredited certificates where the scope of the certificate is includes an IAF MLA sub-scope.

The combined mark may be used by CABs in letterheads, quotations for work, advertisements, or websites where the CAB is accredited for a main scope or subscope.

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The IAF MLA Mark

Use by accredited CBs Cont.

The combined mark shall not be used on or in conjunction with products.

The CB shall not allow its customers to use the combined mark.

In their license agreement with an accredited CB the AB may add any conditions that they deem necessary to protect the IAF MLA Mark.

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The IAF MLA Mark

Businesses seeking certification will be able to see at a glance if the certification body issuing the certificate is accredited by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the IAF MLA. As a result, businesses will benefit from having increased confidence, signified by the presence of the IAF MLA Mark, that requirements have actually been met.

AB SYMBOL

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